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The Hospice Heritage

Celebrating Our Future, 1st Edition

By Inge B. Corless, Zelda Foster


302 pages

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Through The Hospice Heritage: Celebrating Our Future, physicians, nurses, social workers, and clergy will find unique examples to give patients the attention, care, and understanding they need at that time in their life.

Since 80 of people who die do so without the support of a hospice program, this important book offers approaches designed to expand access to hospice and provide a solid foundation of treatment for patients with cancer and non-cancer diagnoses.

Written by experts in the field, The Hospice Heritage will help you care for those patients whose life span is uncertain, improving their quality of life in throughout their last days. For a complete list of contents, please visit our Web site at

This commemorative book offers an encompassing portrayal of the development of hospice from its origins to its present forms. The Hospice Heritage contains state-of-the-art presentations of hospice-related issues and examines current efforts in hospice and palliative care, including the latest concepts in symptom control, guidelines for patients with diseases other than cancer, and measuring the quality and impact of care.

Informative and moving, The Hospice Heritage explores the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of end-of-life care. This important book discusses many topics relevant to hospice today, including:

  • presenting the most common physical symptoms experienced by hospice patients and the comprehensive standards of care for these symptoms
  • deepening the spiritual aspect of dying as patients, families, and care providers seek understanding and resolution
  • examining end-of-life decision-making issues, and the barriers which continue to restrict patient and family involvement and choice
  • identifying the evolving relationship between hospice and palliative care and the consequences, benefits, and dilemmas of this partnership

    This tribute to hospice in America on its 25th anniversary and on the National Hospice Organization’s 20th anniversary demonstrates how far hospice has come, explores its enduring mission, and gives you insight into the future direction of hospice care.

Table of Contents


  • About the Contributors
  • Preface (Inge B. Corless and Zelda Foster)
  • Foundations Origins: International Perspectives, Then and Now (Dame Cicely Sounders) Origins: An American Perspective (Zelda Foster and Inge B. Corless) History of the National Hospice Organization (Larry Beresford and Stephen R. Connor)
  • Issues Symptom Control in Hospice --State of the Art (J. Cameron Muir, Lisa M. Krammer, Jacqueline R. Cameron, and Charles F. von Guten) Spirituality (Emily Chandler) Access to Care (Constance M. Dahlin) End of Life Care and Decision Making: How Far We Have Come, How Far We Have to Go (Connie Zuckerman and David Wollner)
  • Current Efforts End of Life Care: Challenges and Opportunities for Health Care Professionals (Deborah Witt Sherman) Hospice vs. Palliative Care (Patrice O’ Connor) The NHO Medical Guidelines for Non-Cancer Disease and Local Medical Review Policy: Hospice Access for Patients with Diseases Other Than Cancer (Brad Stuart) Hospice Care and Palliative Care: A Perspective From Experience (Paul R. Brenner) Putting Patient and Family Voice Back into Measuring Quality of Care for the Dying (Joan M. Teno) Documenting the Impact of Hospice (Melanie P. Merriman) New Initiatives Transforming Hospice Care (Stephen R. Connor)
  • Reflections and Reminiscences Reflections on Death in America (George Soros) Personal Reflections (Claire B. Tehan) Reflections on the History of Occupational Stress in Hospice/Palliative Care (Mary L. S. Vachon) Hospice Reminiscences and Reflections --A 18 Year Personal and Professional Love Affair (Ann MacGregor) The Moment of Death: Is Hospice Making a Difference? (Robert Kastenbaum)
  • Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Terminal Care
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health